WFW Interview: Karoline Barrett, author of THE ART OF BEING REBEKKAH

RebekkahCoverGood morning, WFW! It’s pouring here today, with thunder and lightening that sounds more like the implosion of buildings across the street than heavenly bowling. The only good thing about it? IT’S NOT SNOW! 

It’s all perspective.

And that’s what we have here today, author Karoline Barrett offering her perspective on being a debut author with a new kind of publisher. Some are calling them hybrid publishers, I think Karoline is just calling hers fabulous! (Like with anything in publishing, please do your due diligence before signing with anyone or any company.)

Now, please welcome Karoline Barrett to WFW!

Amy xo

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Tough Love And A Vintage Vibe From Debut Novelist Susan Gloss

VintageHC C (3)When I heard about VINTAGE by Susan Gloss, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! A thrift shop, clothes, accessories, jewelery, and friendships? In women’s fiction. This isn’t your high heels chick lit novel, folks, not that there’s anything wrong with those. This book showcases a cross-section of the female population and is a layered tale of friendship, written with some special touches (like the vintage clothes).

VINTAGE debuted this week, and Susan was kind enough to answer my interview questions last minute, because GUESS WHO was a little behind on her blog interviews (for shame).

Please welcome debut novelist Susan Gloss to Women’s Fiction Writers!

Amy xo

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Fill Your Cup With Inspiration and A Story From Author Brenda Bevan Remmes

Quaker-Cafe-A-NovelHold onto your keyboards, my friends! Just when you thought you knew about all the twists and turns of publishing, meet Brenda Bevan Remmes and prepare to be inspired by the talent and tenacity!

Today is the official launch of Brenda’s novel, THE QUAKER CAFE. Congratulation her, and share your own stories, in the comment section!

Amy xo

 

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Author Amy Hatvany Just Wants To Keep Doing What She Loves: Writing (And We’re Glad She Does!)

2D SAFE WITH ME coverYes, I really should start keeping track of how and where I meet authors! I met Amy Hatvany online somewhere at some point in the past five years (how’s that?) and we bonded over sharing a name—that, the fact that she was super supportive and positive before I even signed with an agent or sold my novel really made an impression on me—just like “the other Amy’s” women’s fiction! Today, Amy Hatvany shares with us where she got the idea for her latest novel SAFE WITH ME, how she writes her best-selling novels, and her matter-of-fact (and smart) thoughts on the term women’s fiction.

Please welcome Amy Hatvany back to Women’s Fiction Writers!

Amy xo

Renee Rosen, Me, Amy Hatvany, Nicole Lynn Baart

Renee Rosen, Me, Amy Hatvany, Nicole Lynn Baart

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Author Erika Robuck Reveals The Reasons Behind Writing A Novel About Edna St. Vincent Millay

Fallen Beauty cover finalHere we go again, folks! Today we have my friend, Erika Robuck, author of historical fiction featuring strong female protagonists and real historical figures. She’s written about Ernest Hemingway, Zelda Fitzgerald, and now, Edna St. Vincent Millay. What’s fascinating is that Erika’s books don’t feature the “famous person” as the primary main character, but the main characters are strong women in the inner circle. The fictional inner circle! And if the interview isn’t enough to pique your interest in all Erika’s books, below is a book trailer for FALLEN BEAUTY, her latest novel that launched just two days ago (on my son’s birthday, no less)! 

Erika is a magnificent writer and eloquent speaker. Please welcome back Erika Robuck to WFW!

Amy xo 

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Author Nancy Bilyeau Says “Take The Plunge And Be Ready For Anything!”

the chalice TPBy now you know I love interviewing authors—and it’s extra special when those authors are already my friends. Nancy Bilyeau and I are in the same author support group (and that is an accurate discription) called Book Pregnant. Before I knew Nancy I’d never read Tudor fiction — let alone Tudor fiction about a nun. For the post I wrote about Nancy’s first book, THE CROWN (complete with photo!) click here.

When I emailed Nancy her questions, I assured her that WFW readers liked their blog posts with a hearty helping of honesty. Below, Nancy Bilyeau lays it on the line. She’s direct, yet she’s hopeful and encouraging. Who of us aren’t? 

Please welcome Nancy Bilyeau to WFW!

Amy xo

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Author Janie Chang Says To Find A Way To Write Before It’s Too Late

ThreeSouls_US_CoverToday we have with us, Janie Chang, debut author of THREE SOULS. Janie shares with us not only how how she came up with the idea for her novel, but how she actually decided to write it, and the steps she took to become a better writer and then a published author. Janie also touches on the notion that we need to find the time to write, no matter what else we have to make time for. A good reminder, indeed.

Please welcome Janie Chang to Women’s Fiction Writers!

Amy xo

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Author Susan Meissner Talks About Women’s Fiction And What It Means To Be An Author Of Women’s Fiction

image001Today on Women’s Fiction Writers we have with us Susan Meissner, who has published more than a dozen novels! Of course I wanted to ask her the most important questions I could think of. Then, below, you’re treated to a Q&A about her latest novel, A FALLOF MARIGOLDS. 

In answering one of my questions, Susan says that the goal of the author is “to satisfy and to be remembered.” What is your goal as an author? She also states that Women’s Fiction “isn’t obligated to provide a happily ever after.” She’s singin’ my song with that one! (I like to write hopeful open endings.) What do you think about THE END in Women’s Fiction? 

Please welcome Susan Meissner to Women’s Fiction Writers!

Amy xo

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Debut Author Ariel Lawhon Researched And Outlined And Wrote Her First Novel

wifemaidmistressI had the distinct pleasure of reading an early copy of THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS by our guest, Ariel Lawhon. But it wasn’t my first rodeo with Ariel! Ariel is the co-founder of She Reads! You know She Reads, right? It’s an online book club and they were kind enough (*mwah*) to feature my own debut novel THE GLASS WIVES last summer. 

It’s always fun to give back–and Ariel gives a platform to so many authors (as I hope I do). The best part? I loved this book. I enjoy historical fiction for it’s transportation properties–sitting right in my cozy reading chair I’m whisked off to a new time and place. In my pajamas! With coffee! I enjoy how the author mixes fact with fiction, and the fact that I don’t know which is which. And Ariel does it well! I was also impressed with the structure of the novel, because I tend to be somewhat linear when I write and think, so when an author deftly defies that convention, I’m impressed! I think you will be too.

Please welcome Ariel Lawhon to Women’s Fiction Writers!

Amy xo

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THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR by Barbara Claypole White: An Author Interview & A Book Giveaway

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 Andrea Lochen is the winner of the signed copy of THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR!

 

 

Author Barbara Claypole White is not new to Women’s Fiction Writers or to many of you! She’s the author of THE UNFINISHED GARDEN and now, THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR. One of my favorite parts of being both an author and a book blogger is reading some books before everyone else. I hold them close, like well-kept secrets with an expiration date. I know I get to share, and when, but for a while they’re mine-all-mine! I read an ARC (advance reader copy) of THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR and loved it so much I wrote a blurb for the finished book. So you won’t be surprised that I loved it as both a reader and a writer. Barbara’s books traverse some dark areas, but she does so with such great care and respect for her characters that it’s a pleasure to read. Barbara’s powers of description (and they are powers) are remarkable, as she paints vivid pictures of her story for the reader to get lost in. 

My blurb of THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR: “In THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR Barbara Claypole White’s elegant prose paints a vivid portrait of multi-generational families, unlikely friendships, crushing loss and binding love. THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR breaks your heart and mends it at the same time.”

Below, Barbara shares her personal journey to write this book, and some tidbits about her next one. And she offers advice on the benefits of failing. 

One winner of a signed copy of THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR will be chosen at random next Wednesday. Just leave a comment about writing or reading or Barbara’s interview to be entered to win. If your email address isn’t part of your entry, either through a link or by adding it to the comment, and you don’t read the blog regularly by subscribing (GASP), we’ll have no way to let you know you’ve won. (Happens ALL THE TIME!) So — include your email! 

Now—please welcome Barbara Claypole White to Women’s Fiction Writers!

Amy xo

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